Close Quarters

Close Quarters From the moment his first novel was published Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict Philip Caputo Tim O Brien and Gustav Hasford In the stripped down un

  • Title: Close Quarters
  • Author: Larry Heinemann
  • ISBN: 9781400076840
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict Philip Caputo, Tim O Brien, and Gustav Hasford.In the stripped down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a worlFrom the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict Philip Caputo, Tim O Brien, and Gustav Hasford.In the stripped down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier In the tradition of Naked and the Dead and The Thin Red Line, Close Quarters is the harrowing story of how a decent kid from Chicago endures an extraordinary trial and returns profoundly altered to a world on the threshold of change.

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    1 thought on “Close Quarters”

    1. This is not a book for the faint-hearted. If you don't like graphic violence, the f-word, and ethnic slurs, lots of brutal and mind-numbing sex, you should leave right now. Categorized as a novel, I suspect many of the incidents in this book reflected Heinemann's personal experiences in "the Nam." This book brings new meaning to the "pornography of violence." One feels almost like voyeur, feeling slightly dirty while reading.There is one scene that I think particularly illustrates the frustratio [...]

    2. This book that I experienced in the audible format was just too crude and disgusting for me. Was this how war really made men into? Fuck this and fuck that? Killing innocent and not so innocent gooks? All the intensity of bloodlust? The quality of the reading captured all the horror and hate. But it was way too much for me and I just didn't want to believe it was really like that.

    3. I first got hold of this book by accident; I'd ordered Close Quarters, published by Faber. The book that arrived was indeed Close Quarters, published by Faber. The only difference was the author was someone called Larry Heinemann instead of William Golding.The cover featured a tank driver - visible only from the nose upwards - covered in grit, weathered helmet, battered tank. It was apt: for this is not a novel about the glories or war or thrill of combat. It's about the day to day reality of be [...]

    4. I just reread this and all of the things I thought about it the first time held up through a revisit. Larry Heinemann has an incredibly strong and evocative narrative style, and his fictionalized past self is equal parts horrifying and sympathetic. Probably one of the best books about the Vietnam War that I have ever read, this is right up there with Gustav Hasford's The Short-Timers and Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War, but it's less cartoony than the former and grittier than the latter. I can't [...]

    5. In one of the most disturbing accounts of war I’ve ever read, Heinemann employs Phillip Dosier as a stand-in to relay a fictionalized account of his own experiences in the Vietnam War. Dosier is a draftee assigned to an armored recon unit that drive M113 half-tracks, scouting for ambushes and patrolling dangerous, mine-laden roadways. He enters combat as a kid who has never touched marijuana and refuses the services of prostitutes. He leaves an enthusiastic killer who tries his best to stay hi [...]

    6. This is a very authentic narrative, there are many things about this book that are just so incisive and revealing. Although it is based upon the Vietnam war, many of the small details, observations and vignettes are still quite relevant, even today. It is the most unflinching & raw account of combat I have read, and to that end, it is not cosy or comfortable. The narrator isn't the benign 'everyman' used as a lens for the reader to approach the horrors of combat. The narrator is at times cru [...]

    7. Visceral, unflinching portrayal of a typical grunt's experience in Vietnam. Published in 1977, I can see how it would have been lauded in the tradition of Mailer and James Jones at the time, but has been overshadowed by the more postmodern Vietnam fiction by Tim O'Brien and even Heinemann's later work.

    8. Not as moving as Tim O'Brien's personal account of his experiences from being drafted, going through training camp, fighting overseas and the return home, though Heinemann follows the same chronological sequence more or less in this semi autobiographical novel. The depiction is matter-of-fact, as one would expect from a foot soldier grunt's point of view - patrols, firefights, debauchery, cruelty, pure terror. These are all mixed in but come across as blase after the initial bits. There is a uni [...]

    9. Vivid and graphic Vietnam War novel telling of young draftee Philip Dosier’s one-year deployment to a reconnaissance platoon near the Cambodian border and return to the USA. Reminded me of Philip Caputo’s memoir A Rumor of War, read late last year, though this is fiction (but certainly based on experience). Another difference, this seems to take place a couple of years later (1967-1968?), by which time the ground troops here were grinding it out high on warm beers and “Cambodie smokes” m [...]

    10. Feedbooks commentary:From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict--Philip Caputo, Tim O'Brien, and Gustav Hasford.In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells the story of his war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the bru [...]

    11. Close Quarters often times feels like a confessional presented in the form of fiction. A confession of what the author, Larry Heinemann, either did himself or witnessed his comrades do while serving his tour of duty in Vietnam. Or both. The story almost moves from scene to scene like a documentary. Although the beginning felt rushed to me, as there was no harassing of the "New F#@cking Guy"--our protagonist and narrator--the rest of the novel has a brutal reality feel to it that is both shocking [...]

    12. One of the first books I read on the Vietnam War by a veteran of the Vietnam War. I still remembered the day I bought at the BX on George Air Force Base.This is a gripping, riveting story of combat. It is not for the fainthearted. This book has held up well over the years.I highly recommend it.

    13. _"The Naked and the Dead" of Vietnam. Raw, brilliant, unrelenting. Men devolving into .mething else, yet still, trying to sleep, on R&R, men. Until they get shot or blown up. Then they're just men again.

    14. Brutal. Not as hopeless as Paco's Story, but a seemingly authentic study of how a bright idealistic boy becomes a terrifying killer by fighting in the Vietnam Conflict. Heinemann does not pull any punches in his graphic depiction of what must have been hell on earth.

    15. I'm not big on war novels, but I read this one for a 60's history class and ended up being sucked into the story.

    16. One of the best novels on the war from a soldier's existential pt of view. Doesn't let the moral ambiguities of the conflict get in its way.

    17. This book is not for the faint hearted, but I believe this is exactly how war in Vietnam was. I recommend this book, it is a good read.

    18. Vietnam era depressing war novel. Profanity filled mish mashed story that did not impress. Don't bother

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